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Update: Bills-Bengals postponed after Buffalo’s Damar Hamlin collapses on field, given CPR

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By: Mookie Alexander

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We wish the best for Hamlin as he’s treated at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

A truly traumatic and frightening moment has prompted the temporary suspension of the ‘Monday Night Football’ game between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

During the opening quarter with the Bengals on offense, Bills starting safety Damar Hamlin made a tackle on Cincinnati wide receiver Tee Higgins. Moments after Hamlin returned to his feet, he collapsed onto his back and laid motionless on the ground. At first it was unclear why Hamlin was down during the live broadcast, but ESPN replays showed the distressing scenes.

Hamlin’s teammates and coaches were visibly distraught, some in tears as Hamlin was administered CPR and oxygen on the field by medical staff. Players from both teams knelt in prayer as Hamlin was placed on a stretcher and transported via ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. As for this writing local media is reporting that Hamlin has a pulse but is not breathing on his own.

Head coaches Zac Taylor and Sean McDermott spoke with officials and eventually a decision was made to suspend the game until further notice. Initially it looked as if the NFL’s call was to give the teams five minutes of warm-up before resuming play, which given the gravity of this situation seems wholly inappropriate and unreasonable.

There is not much more to say or add to what is an ongoing and concerning story. We wish the best for Hamlin and his family as he continues to receive medical treatment.

Update: As expected, the game has officially been postponed by the NFL. Hamlin is currently listed in critical condition.

Originally posted on Field Gulls